Danish intelligence authorities could be given new powers to allow them to conduct surveillance on their citizens abroad, in the wake of recent terror attacks in Copenhagen.
If plans are approved, the Intelligence Defence Service would be able to spy on Danes abroad who are suspected of being involved in terror cells, without the issuing of a court order.
Civil rights groups have criticized the increased surveillance and spying techniques used by the intelligence services. The new measures would give the Danish intelligence authorities even more power than the America’s National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), who require prior legal approval before spying on their citizens abroad.
Sputnik news report: This comes as the GCHQ was earlier this month found guilty by the British Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) of human rights breaches in relation to their collection of data passed on from the NSA, with the IPT noting that British authorities weren’t transparent enough in informing the public about the information-sharing agreement.
Meanwhile, a human rights report released today by Amnesty International (AI) took aim at Britain’s intelligence operations.
“The UK is going in the wrong direction on rights, protections and fairness. Public safety is paramount, but not at the cost of basic civil liberties, AI’s UK director Kate Allen said.
“Twice this year GCHQ spies have been rumbled breaking the law. Just last week, the government was forced to concede its regime for intercepting lawyer-client communications was illegal. We should all be concerned about waking up in a surveillance state, without having a proper public debate about it first.”
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